#Throwback to exploring old Karachi with Behrad Mistry, one of the people behind Humans of Tehran.
For Behrad, Karachi wasn't just a city in the neighbouring country of Pakistan, but the place where his grandmother came from. In the process of discovering the city that his grandmother lived in before she moved to Bombay after the partition, Behrad got to know the Zoroastrian community of Karachi, finding old relatives and discovering that his great grand uncle was an influential member of the Parsi community of Karachi, having his portrait hung at the Karachi Parsi Institute and his name written on one of the Pakistan Chowk benches (seen in the photograph). As we wandered through the congested and tumultuous streets of Saddar, Behrad exclaimed, "I love it". For tourists who seek tidy sights to see, Karachi is not at all recommended. But for those like Behrad who want to experience a place, Karachi has the power to compel them into loving it; the narrow alleys have the diversity and harmony that makes Karachi beautiful. The city yearns to be experienced - not seen.
There's a lot that I learnt about from Behrad about the Iranian society. I also learnt about the Zoroastrian religion and it's fundamental beliefs. Interestingly, I discovered that Benazir Bhutto was a famous person in Iran - they saw her as a fashion icon.
Our encounter was outstanding and valuable. It reminded me of how it's extremely important that people from different countries get to know each other, especially when you're neighbours.